I am doing lots of landscape and outdoor photography and one of the biggest drawbacks is that I have to carry heavy dslr gear together with an already heavy backpack. So I was thinking about a paradigm shift and going down to a smaller system.

I guess that losing width at the wide end of the focal range is the biggest fear I have at this point. I need and love the ultra wide angle. Currently the EF-S 10-22 is my favourite outdoor lens. I know that I can't expect such extreme angles at a M4/3 but is there at least some lens available with considerable wide angle performance?

Other necessary features for landscapes would be the ability to attach filter systems or at least a CPL filter. Bulb mode and manual exposure features + bracketing would be important as well. What about remote shutters? Is there something available?

Anyone who took a m4/3 out for some serious landscape shooting?


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Can't say I've been doing what I would call serious landscape shooting with it, but I did take it as a second body while on a landscape trip. I was using it mostly while walking because I didn't want to take the DSLR out of the bag until I had reached my destination. So, I was using it handheld and without any filter. That said, the results were pretty good. Not quite as good as what I could get with my DSLR (especially the dynamic range), but not very far either. Certainly much better than what I would get from a compact camera. So good, actually, that I'm considering doing exactly what you're saying: taking only the m4/3 camera on longer hikes.

To answer you questions more specifically (my answers are for the Olympus Pen E-P1 but probably valid for other m4/3 models):

  • Can you attach filters? Both of my lenses (oly 14-42mm and panny 20mm) have filter threads. I haven't tried them but see no reason why you couldn't use a CPL.
  • Is there a bulb mode/manual mode? Yes, and both are easily accessible.
  • Is there autobracketing? Yes, but buried in the menus.
  • Can you use a remote shutter? Olympus and some third party manuf. make some but I haven't tried them.
  • Ultra wide angle options: Both Olympus and Panasonic make ultra wide angle zooms for the m4/3 cameras. Panasonic's is a 14-28mm equiv, while oly's is an 18-36mm equiv. Both are said to be good, with panasonic's more expensive offer being optically better. I haven't tried either.

As you might have guessed by now, I believe a m4/3 kit can be a very decent option for landscape photography. Not quite as good as a DSLR, but I don't think the difference is that big. And it would certainly be much smaller and lighter.

Hope this helps


Your fears are completely unfounded. Landscape photography is one of the least demanding types of photography. Specifically:

  • You can go as wide on full-frame as almost any format. Either get the Panasonic 7-14mm F/4 or the Olympus 7-14mm F/4 with the 4/3 to m4/3 adapter (this one lens is super-sharp).
  • Most landscape shots are done with small apertures to get great depth of field. 4/3 and m4/3 have inherently more DOF than APS-C cameras.
  • Landscape photography is usually done at low-ISO where the difference in quality is virtually none.
  • Micro Four-Thirds camera all have full manual controls and exposure bracketing. The more advanced ones like the Olympus E-P2 have bulb mode up to 30min and more sophisticated features.
  • Most lenses support filters, with exceptions of the widest, just like on other formats.

I'm very happy with my Panasonic 7-14mm lens. There is one thing. It can not carry filters. But I don't feel that as a disadvantage. If there is a lot of contrast I use HDR technique.


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